Crownpoint, NM – The American Indian College Fund selected four tribal colleges and universities that included Navajo Technical University for its Tribal Colleges and Universities Computer Science Capacity Building Grant. The four-year grant gives each designated TCU the prospect to improve and expand their current computer science programs to increase student and professional representation in the industry. At NTU, the computer science program offers a certificate and associate’s degree for students, the grant will assist the program in developing a bachelor’s degree in the program.
“On the Navajo Nation, there is a need for computer science applications that could possibly make processes more efficient by digitizing data and information,” said Dr. Frank Stomp head of the Computer Science Program at Navajo Technical University. “This opportunity will give us a chance to offer a bachelor’s degree and that’s what is usually required by employers.
Computer and mathematical jobs in New Mexico is expected to grow by 14% in the next 10 years according to the data from the state’s report on current and future workforce.
The four-year grant from AICF is approximately $390,000 provides for expanding the degree offering and also a strong recruitment campaign to attract additional faculty and students for the program. The computer science degrees have become very popular among the students at the university.
“We thank AICF for this grant, it will allow us to develop a computer science program that is in the best interest of our students,” said NTU President Dr. Elmer J. Guy. “We are committed to creating valuable educational opportunities and experiences for our students that lead to professions and areas to advance the Navajo nation.
Computer science is the field of computing, with Computer scientist and mathematicians developing techniques to automate processes and to keep data secure. NTU’s computer science program prepares its students for entry level positions jobs in programming, application development, and software maintenance, but many computer scientists and mathematicians are involved in theory, developing algorithms, and quantum computing.
For more information about the computer science program at Navajo Technical University contact Frank Stomp at firstname.lastname@example.org